By Olasunkanmi Akoni
The Lagos State House of Assembly has set up a committee to overhaul dredging activities in the state. This measure is aimed at checkmating the rising illegal operations of some dredgers in the state.
Meanwhile, the Assembly has set up a five-man Ad-hoc Committee to investigate and evaluate illegal dredging and reclamation of land on Lagos waterways. The Assembly last week, began its verification of documents obtained by firms to operate on Lagos waterways.
Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Rotimi Abiru said the exercise was to know the number of companies permitted to dredge on state waterways.
According to the Chairman, “The Lagos State Government will not tolerate any company dredging, stock piling or engaging in reclamation of land without validity or permit issued by the regulating body.
“During our visitation to Lagos Lagoon last year November, we observed that many companies were operating illegally on our waterways without approval or permit from the Ministry of Waterfront and Infrastructure Development,” he said.
Abiru warned some of the firms who operate illegally to desist from the act saying that the state government would not hesitate to arrest anybody engaging or perpetuating such illegality.
Some of the firms who appeared before the Committee were cleared while others were sent back to re-present comprehensive documents which include; letter from the Ministry, Evidence of payment, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LSWA) permit as well as lease of agreement.
A member of the Committee, Hon. Bayo Osinowo, said that clients must ensure that they produce an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report, duly certified by the Ministry of the Environment for each of the projects they are to execute.